Live Earth concert organizers have revealed the lineups for both the U.S. and London legs of what will be a worldwide series of Live Aid-like concerts, scheduled for July 7.
The U.S. portion of Live Earth, announced early Tuesday (April 10), will take over New Jersey’s Giants Stadium, and feature an all-star lineup led by Kanye West, Fall Out Boy, AFI, Akon, Kelly Clarkson, Ludacris, Rihanna, and the reunited Smashing Pumpkins. The Police, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Roger Waters, Alicia Keys, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, John Mayer, KT Tunstall, and Melissa Etheridge are among the other artists confirmed to perform at the U.S. Live Earth event.
Wembley Stadium will serve as the site for London’s Live Earth concert, which will feature performances by Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Foo Fighters, Bloc Party, Duran Duran, Genesis, Corinne Bailey Rae, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, and Snow Patrol.
The gigs, organized by environmental advocate and former Vice President Al Gore as a means of raising awareness about global warming, will be spread out across all seven continents, with shows in London; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and sites to be determined in Japan and Antarctica .
Proceeds raised by the Live Earth concerts will benefit the Alliance for Climate Protection, as well as other environmental organizations. “We hope the energy created by Live Earth will jump start a massive public education effort,” Gore said in a statement. “Live Earth will help us reach a tipping point that’s needed to move corporations and governments to take decisive action to solve the climate crisis.”
Tickets for the New Jersey show will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Prices were not immediately available. The Live Earth concerts will commence in Sydney, and continue across all seven continents, ending with the U.S. gig.
The organizers of the Live Earth concerts – part of the Save Our Selves: The Campaign for a Climate in Crisis initiative launched by Gore, Pharrell Williams, Cameron Diaz and others – hope to attract an audience of up to 2 billion.
“Capping Live Earth with a blockbuster show like this will ensure we meet our challenge of building a mass audience to combat global warming,” Live Earth founder and executive producer Kevin Wall said. “Live Earth will be a monumental event both in terms of entertainment and in turning the tide against global warming.”